Showtime releases a new trailer for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival series. Prestige television as we know it arguably began with Twin Peaks, Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal soap opera about the quirky and mysterious goings-on in a fictional logging town tucked away in the American Northwest. Showtime’s new Twin Peaks revival series picks up the story 25 years after the events depicted on the original two-season ABC series and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. So far, that story has been kept under wraps with very few clues being allowed to trickle out.
With the show’s premiere date approaching, the Twin Peaks trailers have started previewing little bits of footage, though these images alone have told us little in terms of plot detail. The latest Twin Peaks teaser goes farther than any of the others in giving us a glimpse of the show’s cast, but still retains the sense of mystery, and in fact even intensifies it.
The new Twin Peaks trailer [above] begins with a jittery horror-movie shot of what appears to be the staircase from the Palmer house accompanied by some very Lynchian electrical sound effects, followed by a shot of one or perhaps two figures walking down a hallway. Next we see a nice clear image of Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz) in the parking lot of the sheriff’s station holding a picnic basket and slamming the tailgate on an old station wagon. This is followed by a shot of an RV parked in the woods with lots of furniture and junk around, indicating that someone has been living here for awhile.
Just when you think the trailer is going to be yet another cryptic collection of familiar locations and actors from the series, it gives us our first glimpses of two new, young actors featured on the revival show. First we see Ben Rosenfield sitting in a chair staring straight forward, perhaps being filmed by the camera shown in the very next shot. Then we see Madeleine Zima speaking the line, “Try me,” to another actor who is seen from behind. The next shot is of a woman (this appears to be the actress Diane Nelson, the large woman in Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. who was hit by a bullet and thought something bit her) walking a chihuahua (or chi-wow-wow) down a hallway.
An older woman in a black negligee then makes a strange face, reminding us we’re in a Lynch show (as if we had forgotten). Then we see Lucy Moran (Kimmy Robertson) at her station at the sheriff’s office, followed by some shots of the Roadhouse including an interior where Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick) is seated at a booth with some other women, one of whom may be Norma Jennings (her face is hidden from view). “He’s coming, I have to get off the phone,” says a scantily-clad redhead perched on a motel bed. We then see FBI agents Albert Rosenfield (the late Miguel Ferrer) and Gordon Cole (David Lynch) looking concerned and rising from their seats as Cole exclaims, “Albert.” The trailer closes with a shot of Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) driving his car at night.
This handful of images and few lines of dialog tell us next to nothing, but at least we get to see a few more of the show’s cast-members, including a couple of the youngsters. Twin Peaks will begin giving up its secrets when it hits Showtime for a two-hour premiere that kicks off 18 hours of what should be very talked-about television.
Twin Peaks premieres May 21 at 9 pm on Showtime.
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